Chris always has the biggest smile and is incredibly warm, down to earth and easy to talk to. She’s one of those people that you can say anything to without feeling judged and is absolutely hilarious too – I loved catching up over great food and laughing at our awful dating stories!
Although I, very sadly, left Hong Kong at the end of 2017, I’m so glad to have become pals with such a wonderful soul and wish that we got to spend more time together. It goes without saying that we’ll be catching up on my next visit or if Chris has a London visit up her sleeve 😉
Hi Chris, tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, I’m Chris and I’m currently living in HK, working as a private tutor and cooking teacher. For the past few years, I’ve been very passionate about the environment and trying my best to live a low waste lifestyle. It’s definitely a journey still but I hope my actions do play a part in saving this amazing planet. Stop giving me plastic straws!
In these unprecedented times, how are you doing and what are you doing to keep yourself occupied?
Actually, I’ve been super lucky that HK hasn’t had a “lockdown” but I’ve been spending more time at home and slowly but surely becoming a plant lady! I have a whole collection now!
What are you most looking forward to doing when freedom is upon us again?
Of course travel again! All of my travel plans have been derailed this year but I have my passport ready! My first destination is going to be the Philippines.
Do you live by any piece of advice or motto?
Treat people how you would want to be treated.
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Travel as much as possible but also take my dearest friends and family with me. It would a great experience to help tick people’s bucket list off for them.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
An archaeologist, I was completely obsessed with mummies and ancient Egypt but I quickly realised I did not have the patience to painstakingly brush up bones from the earth.
What’s the best gift you’ve been given?
My grandma gave me a jade necklace when I was really young. I wear it every day.
What’s your most prized possession and why?
My passport because without it I can’t travel and my phone because, let’s be honest, how else am I gonna follow my favourite alpacas on insta?!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I don’t really want to give myself a timeline but maybe married? Maybe kids? Have my own business? As long as I’m healthy and happy and working towards my goals, I don’t want to give myself too many deadlines. Like Doris Day, “qui sera sera, what ever will be will be” (sang in my cringey voice)
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Probably moving to HK by myself.
What is your biggest fear?
Leaving this earth without leaving a positive impact.
What is your proudest achievement?
I can’t really pinpoint one achievement but whenever my students say, they’ve done well at school and thank me for my help. That gives me hope that I’m doing something right 🙂
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
Predicting the future because I’m quite curious but also pretty scary. What if I don’t like what I see?!
If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
Let’s wipe out the weird “Punky Fish/ emo” phase. Nobody needs chains dangling off their super oversized pants.
Do you collect anything?
Every time I go to a beach, I collect some of the sand which I have in a long tall vase. It’s pretty cool to see all the different coloured sand stacked up.
If you were the ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce?
I would say definitely say during these times, end police brutality.
A genie gives you three wishes: what are they?
- End world hunger and violence
- Reverse global warming
- The ability to climb three flights of stairs without being out of breath
Which celebrity would you like to meet at Starbucks for a coffee?
Having a chat with David Attenborough would pretty goddam cool! Just his voice, is calming me already.
What is your earliest memory?
Spending time with my grandma in the takeaway kitchen! I used to be her assistant and peel/cut these massive onions as big as my head…. And my head was biiiiiggggg even as a child! I guess I just have a lot of fond memories at the takeaway. It might not have been the most conventional upbringing, but the kitchen was my second home.
If I were to come round to your house for dinner, what would you cook for me?
My veggie lasagna with homemade garlic bread! I love making anything homey. But I’m a nice friend so I’ll probably ask you to choose first, hehe!
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
Before turning pescatarian, I’ve had some pretty weird unidentified meats in south east Asia which of course always lead to one thing (poop emoji)
What would be your ‘death row meal’?
Anything made by my favourite chef: David Chang
What makes you angry/biggest pet peeves?
Ungrateful people or people who are just not very nice.
Do you have any unique habits?
Unique or bad? Haha when I wash dishes, they NEED to be done a certain way.
What’s the silliest argument you’ve ever been in?
Pretty sure my boyfriend and I have a whole jar full hahaha, like how to hang the washing up or which way the toilet roll goes.
What’s your favourite quote from a tv show/film/book?
Her by Pierre Alex Jeanty
What personality traits do you share with your relatives?
Stubbornness/ shouting across the room that dinner is ready! SIK FAAN AHHHH!!!!
Which of your personality traits are you most proud of and why?
I really try not to judge people and I’m pretty forgiving so if you don’t give the best impression, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you had a crappy day at work.
Do you ever wish you were raised differently?
Yes and no. Growing up in an Asian household, I was pretty much left to my own devices. We didn’t have story time or many family days out. In a way, it has shaped into the person who I am now. I consider myself pretty independent because of it. But I think one I would change when I have kids, is letting them express their emotions more. Whether they’re good or bad, bottling up emotions never ends up well.
Ideally, how would you like to spend your birthday this year?
I’m very lucky that I will be spending it with my friends and family.
What’s the first thing you look for in a partner and/or friend?
Genuine funny person. Someone who makes me laugh but I can also have a serious conversation with.
What is your favourite memory of ours?
Eating lots of yummy food in Hong Kong (hopefully after this stupid virus, we can do it again) but also sharing our hilarious stories about stupid boys we matched on tinder but look at us now!!!
Share your favourite photo of us 🙂
I cannot believe how little few pics we have of each other!!! Can we please change this?! But these are some cute ones, apart from Sophia’s crazy face hahahahah
Animal: I love alpacas!
Season: depends where I am, but if I’m in hk, def winter so it’s not goddam hot and humid
Drink: Fresh coconut! Or a refreshing lime soda
Type of cuisine: Italian or Chinese food
Food: You can’t beat fresh silky pasta or home cooked food by my gran
Subject at school: Sociology or Religion
Country that you’ve visited: Either Bolivia or Myanmar
Instagram accounts: @alfiethealpaca and @jubileemedia
TV Series: Modern family (I’m def combo of Phil and Clair)
Film: The Princess Bride
Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and Normal People by Sally Rooney
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